Zonta International is celebrating 100 years

100 Days of 100 Famous Women



To celebrate Zonta International's 100th anniversary, we presented 100 famous women from around the world.  Each day for 100 days a new woman was highlighted.

To learn about these women, click on the link below.

100 Years.  What an accomplishment!  We hope everyone has enjoyed our 100 famous women celebrating the 100th anniversary of Zonta International.  It has been fun reading and learning about them.  This was an idea I thought of and had no idea of the amount of work involved.  At first it seemed easy, but……..!  Thanks to the Zontians who did the research for these extraordinary ladies, Dianne Curtis, Past Zonta International President; Adele Macpherson; Suzie Alziebler; Beth Heiserman and myself.  I also want to give a huge thank you to Patrice Rifkind for her proof-reading and to my husband, Bill Lyons for all the editing.

There is one more item Zontians might be interested in. Who are the Zonta International Past Presidents?  How many are there? Click here to find out.

Darleen Lyons


City of Santa Clarita Honors Zonta Santa Clarita Valley and Zonta International

On Tuesday evening, November 12th, the outside of Santa Clarita’s City Hall was bathed in orange light, while inside Orange balloons flanked the City Seal, and the Council Chambers were flooded with a celebratory sea of orange and maroon as 21 tee shirt wearing Zontians filled the front seats of the Council Meeting.  Among the collection of women leaders was Zonta International President-Elect, Sharon Langenbeck and on the dais was Zonta member, Mayor Marsha McLean.  The celebration was in honor of the Centennial Anniversary of Zonta International and the 45th Anniversary of the Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita Valley.

The color orange symbolizes Zonta’s anti domestic violence campaign, “Zonta Says NO”, and the club selected that important advocacy program to represent it during this important milestone event.

Not only is Zonta SCV known for service programs, scholarships and grants that benefit women and girls through service, advocacy, and awareness, but it has been known throughout its history for helping charities throughout the valley through hands on volunteerism.  Too numerous to mention are community charities that have thanked the club for its commitment to comprehensively improving the quality of community life.

Mayor McLean recognized the local club for outstanding community service throughout its 45 years.  She also outlined the founding of the original Zonta way back in 1919 in Buffalo, New York.  That original band of Zonta Sisters, all professional women, sought to continue the suffrage movement to ensure that the rights of women, first in America and then abroad, would continue to strengthen and reach equality.  Today, Zonta boasts 30,000 members throughout 67 countries, worldwide.  On this night, the Mayor presented club President, Barbara Meyer, with a beautiful City Proclamation commemorating the two anniversaries.

After the Zonta members crowded onto the dais to shake hands with all five Council Members, photographs were taken for posterity.

The event closed with the announcement from the Mayor that the Council Meeting would be closed in memory of our dear Zonta sister, JoAnn Rodriguez, who passed away after a long and valiant battle with COPD a few weeks earlier.  It felt really good to have JoAnn present with us, and as such the celebration was truly complete.  We thank the City of Santa Clarita Council Members for making the evening so memorable.

Zonta Club of Santa Clarita participates in July 4th parade 2019

One hundred years ago, a small group of pioneering women came together in Buffalo, New York with a vision to help all women realize greater equality while using their individual and collective expertise in service to their community.

Their vision became Zonta International, an organization that has grown to more than 29,000 members in 63 countries, working together to make gender equality a reality for women and girls worldwide.

November 8, 2019 marks Zonta’s centennial anniversary. The SCV Zonta Club started celebrating by many members walking together wearing “Zonta Says NO Orange” in the Santa Clarita Valley’s 4th of July Parade in Old Town Newhall this year. The club honored Sharon Langenbeck, Zonta International President Elect 2018-2020 as the Parade division 3 Marshall. She rode in a 1965 skylight blue Ford Mustang convertible owned by one of our members.  Followed by a City of Santa Clarita Valley Trolley decorated by “Zonta Says NO” banners with many Zontian’s waving to crowd.

Our ongoing service efforts are demonstrated through numerous local projects and programs, through the Zonta International Strategies to End Violence against Women (ZISVAW) program and through Zonta’s partnerships with the United Nations and its agencies.

Our ongoing advocacy impact is built around the advocacy campaign “Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women.” Launched in 2012, the campaign has raised awareness of the global pandemic of women’s rights violations and has united Zonta clubs worldwide in conducting impactful advocacy actions to fight violence against women and gender inequality.

In 2016, the Santa Clarita Valley Zonta Club started the “Red Dress Project” in the fight against domestic violence. Seven red dresses are displayed around Santa Clarita to symbolize seven women who have lost their lives, in one year, to domestic violence in Santa Clarita.

Join the SCV Zonta Club in celebrations throughout the centennial year.


Centennial Anniversary Grants

In honor of 100 years of Zonta service and Zonta International’s centennial anniversary in 2019, Zonta International has launched its Centennial Anniversary Grants program. These one-time grants of up to US$5,000 each will recognize charitable organizations working to improve the lives of women and girls in their local communities. Zonta International will award up to US$300,000 in grants to deserving organizations from any of the 63 countries in which Zonta currently has active Zonta clubs.  More information available at www.zonta.org/centennialgrants

Winners of the Centennial Anniversary Grants have just been announced.  Congratulations to all of the winners.